Shoes for little people

Making shoes for little people with feet much below the usual size is not what i usually make, but on this occasion, I was moved by the positive energy of this young lady, i decided to give it a try and to complicate matter more, She wears full  arch support inserts,  Building such lasts was  my  first priority and after some long hours of rasping and sanding  and two fitters later, I achieved a good fit and a smile form my customer.


Shoemaking courses for the year 2017

Here are the dates for the year 2017 Shoemaking & pattern cutting courses, The course is 3 weeks long, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Each student will have the opportunity to make a pair of Derby and a pair of Oxford for their own feet to help them understand the relation between lasts and feet to achieve correct fit. Sewing, knife sharpening. thread waxing and the principals of lasting/bottoming will be taught, Tools and materials are provided during the course. The cost for the course is $ 3000.00

For more details and how to book for a course, Please email me at

Here are the dates for 2017 courses:

May. 08. 2017 to May. 26. 2017                       1 seat is booked

June. 05. 2017 to June. 23. 2017

July. 10. 2017 to July. 28. 2017                         2 seats are booked

Whole cut shoes

This pair is going to be the last pair made in 2016, French calf and kip lining, whip stitched heel seat and pegged heel stack. Season greetings & happy holidays to you all.


Plain Oxford

This shoe is made from calf leather and kip lining and welted all around.



From October 2016 shoemaking course


June & August 2016 Shoes and patternmaking courses

I have included a field trip day as part of our shoemaking course this year, A day to go visit the suppliers of leather and tools and for the future shoemakers to meet those people, Ted Heslop of Moore-Pearsall Tannery is a man who knows his leather not to mention his humour,  I am lucky  to have these students taking my shoemaking course and listen to me for 3 weeks, They walk out after 3 weeks knowing how sharpen knives and skive leather, How to make waxed leather and above all the science and art of pattern cutting, lasting and welting, They would not be masters at these skills until years later if they wish to continue.


Whole cut shoes


Old red bison leather and veg tan kip lining, The edges are burnished using Carnauba wax.